Jim Ivy, 73, happily remains at the helm of Wallace Lumber

Pecos County People

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For the last 80 years, Wallace Lumber Company has been a staple in the community.

It opened June 7, 1939. Current owner Jim Ivy has been working at the business since 1969. He started out helping his father with the business.

Wallace Lumber Company was featured in The Pioneer for its 50th anniversary back in 1989.

The company sells everything from paint to plumbing, Christmas items and more.

“We sell anything that's not illegal or immoral,” joked Ivy.

Now at age 73, Ivy has no plans of slowing down or stopping.

“I'm not stopping anytime soon,” he said. “I guess East Hill (cemetery) is my retirement.”

Ivy grew up and graduated high school in Fort Stockton.

He said he misses all the downtown stores – and how much has changed store-wise – but he says people have stayed the same.

“I've always loved Fort Stockton, It is very friendly here,” said Ivy.

Ivy has been married to his wife, Beth, for 50 years and they have three daughters and eight grandkids.

In his free time they like to visit his daughters and grandkids, who live scattered around Texas.

“I still really enjoy everyday,” he said. “Our marriage has been outstanding.”

One of the things that has kept Ivy in the business for 50 years is his love of the customers, love of fixing things and being able to help.

In an age of online shopping, Ivy said its important that everyone is greeted when they walk in the door and they are helped and leave with a smile.

“We don't point you to an item, we take you to it,” he said.

Ivy has around 11 employees, and said the work environment keeps them there for a long time, some between five and 20 years.

In addition to being a staple in the neighborhood, Ivy makes sure they are involved in the community by participating or donating or sponsoring local events and activities.

“We've seen a lot of growth in Fort Stockton,” he said. “It's a growing and progressive community, but I'm kind of prejudice when it comes to Fort Stockton, we love it.”

Wallace Lumber Company is located at 600 N. Nelson Street and is open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Friday, and 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. On Saturdays, closed on Sundays.